dearest

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdɪərɪst/

From dear (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
dearer
adj comparative
dearest
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dear1 /dɪr/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n., adv., interj. 
adj. 
  1. (used as a conventional greeting or in the salutation of a letter as an expression of respect, friendship, etc.):Dear Sir or Madam. My dear friends.
  2. beloved;
    much loved;
    precious:The burglars had taken our dearest possessions.
  3. heartfelt;
    earnest:He had no dearer wish.
  4. expensive:Tomatoes were dear in the winter.

n. [countable]
  1. a kind or generous person:You're a dear to look after the children.
  2. a beloved one:Come here, my dears, and give your granddaddy a big hug.
  3. Sex and Genderan affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes considered offensive when used to a stranger, subordinate, etc.)

interj. 
  1. ( used as an exclamation of surprise, distress, etc.) :Oh dear, I've lost the phone number.
dear•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dear1  (dēr),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, n., adv., interj. 
adj. 
  1. beloved or loved:a dear friend.
  2. (used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting):Dear Sir.
  3. precious in one's regard;
    cherished:our dearest possessions.
  4. heartfelt;
    earnest:one's dearest wish.
  5. high-priced;
    expensive:The silk dress was too dear.
  6. charging high prices:That shop is too dear for my budget.
  7. excessive;
    high:a dear price to pay for one's independence.
  8. [Obs.]difficult to get;
    scarce.
  9. [Obs.]worthy;
    honorable.

n. 
  1. a person who is good, kind, or generous:You're a dear to help me with the work.
  2. a beloved one.
  3. Sex and Gender(sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to a stranger, subordinate, etc.)

adv. 
  1. dearly;
    fondly.
  2. at a high price:That painting cost me dear.

interj. 
  1. (used as an exclamation of surprise, distress, etc.):Oh dear, what a disappointment! Dear me! What's all that noise?
dearly, adv. 
dearness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English dere, Old English dēore; cognate with Old High German tiuri, Old Norse dȳrr
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged darling, cherished.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  expensive. 

dear2  (dēr),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est. [Archaic.]
  1. hard;
    grievous.
Also,  dere. 
  • Middle English dere, Old English dēor brave, bold, severe bef. 1000

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dear /dɪə/ adj
  1. beloved; precious
  2. used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
  3. (postpositive) followed by to: important; close: a wish dear to her heart
  4. highly priced
  5. charging high prices
  6. appealing or pretty: what a dear little ring!
  7. for dear lifeurgently or with extreme vigour or desperation
interj
  1. used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!
n
  1. (often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling
adv
  1. dearly: his errors have cost him dear
Etymology: Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr

ˈdearness n
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